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Hi this is Dr. McKenzie with Just Answer. I'm happy to help you today! I apologize for your wait, I just logged on.
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My objective is to determine whether your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately or if we can manage things from the comfort of your home.
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I will do my best to help you and your pet, and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs you share.
I'm happy to hear you brought Kiwi into your home! What a great name! It sounds like he is very stressed from the changes!
The biggest concern we have is hepatic lipidosis. This can occur when a cat eats very little to nothing for 3-4 days. This disease process is more common in cats that are overweight or have secondary medical conditons. In hepatic lipidosis, the body starts using stored fat to break down to use for energy. Because the cat isn't eating, a lot of fat is moving from storage to the liver for processing, this leads to the liver not being able to catch up and leads to fat deposition of the liver. You may see lethargy, weight loss, vomiting, drooling, or yellowing of gums or around the eyes. For more information on hepatic lipidosis you can read more about it here https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/liver-disease-fatty-liver-syndrome-in-cats
We want to get Kiwi eating asap! If we can't make that happen today, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian tomorrow. They may end up wanting to put a nasogastric tube in him to provide him with nutrients to treat or prevent hepatic lipidosis.
I see that you have tried the food normal to him at his fosters! This is good! I would try different types of food, soaking kibble in chicken broth, adding yogurt or boiled chicken (no oil/fat/seasoning) to the food, or chicken treat pouches!
In addition, I would try to decrease his stress by using Feliway diffusers or sprays if you haven't done so already! These are available at pet stores! It release pheromones to relax a kitty!
Is there anything additional I can answer for you?
Plain, non-flavored yogurt is fine!
Yes that works perfect!
One other tip - some cats will like their soft food warmed up - that may entice him!
You can leave multiple types out but I would put them as close as I could to him so hopefully he smells them and becomes interested in it!
Ugh poor kitty!
Another thing, a high calorie nutritional supplement called "Tomlyn" or other generic names at your pet store may also be beneficial!
Some kitties are way more sensitive to changes and get this way, but not all! The Feliway will also be helpful for him to relax!
If you have a diffuser, you can plug one in his room and throughout the home! For the spray, spray his bed (without him in it!) and other places he lays. Then give them back to him in a few minutes after they dry!
All the products we talked about are great ones! We also have appetite stimulants that are prescription from a veterinarian that you may be able to get from your veterinarian tomorrow!
That is good! I'm in full agreement as well. I don't want this to continue any longer as well!
You're very welcome! I want him to feel better soon! Feel free to request me in the future if you have more questions! Thank you for entrusting Just Answer!
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